Margaret Baggett Dolan was born in 1914 in Lillington, NC. She attended the Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington, DC and graduated in 1935. She found a place in a variety of new public health nursing programs created during the Great Depression; she worked for health departments in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Greensboro, NC. She also worked for the U.S. Public health Service. She obtained a B.S. in Public Health Nursing in 1944 from UNC Chapel-Hill, and in 1953, she received a Masterâs Degree from Columbia University. She worked as a nursing supervisor in various places before returning to Chapel Hill in 1950. She taught in UNC Chapel Hillâs Public Health Nursing Program, eventually becoming chair of the department, until her death in 1973. Dolan was President of the American Nurse Association, the National Health Council, the American Journal of Nursing Company and the American Public Health Association; she also served in numerous other societies. She helped to develop one of the first nurse practitioner programs in the country. She worked as a consultant to the US Department of Defense, the US Surgeon General, and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
This recording contains Margaret Dolanâs commencement speech to the graduates of the East Carolina College of Nursing. She is speaking on love, generosity and the role of nurturing in nursing.